Contract extension for UConn’s Auriemma worth $15M

STORRS, Conn. — UConn has extended women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma’s contract through 2025 in a deal worth $15 million, school officials announced Friday.

Athletic director David Benedict said the five-year extension is retroactive to April 2020 and includes an annual base salary of $600,000. The Hall of Famer will get $2.2 million for speaking, consulting and media obligations in the first year, an amount that will increase $100,000 annually under the contract. It also includes bonuses based on postseason wins.

“Geno Auriemma has meant so much to the University of Connecticut, and to our entire state, for the last 36 years,” Benedict said in a statement. “The program that Geno has built is the gold standard in college athletics and I’m thrilled that he will continue to lead it for the foreseeable future.”

Auriemma, 67, who has led UConn to a record 11 women’s national championships, guided the Huskies to their 13th consecutive Final Four this past season, when they lost to Arizona in the semifinal.

“UConn has been great to me for the last 36 years and I look forward to being here for at least a few more years. I think the future for our program, and UConn Athletics, is exciting,” he said.

Auriemma’s last five-year contract was worth $13 million.

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